JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – TATENDA, I assume, a Zimbabwean national, commented on BBC Africa News online page about Chakwera’s interview, BBC Hard Talk. Below is the comment by Tatenda:
ALL POLITICS, NOTHING AFRICAN ABOUT THIS
I have listened to this BBC Hardtalk interview of the Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera.
I have noticed how they have tried to focus on the issue of his daughter, wife and son in law being involved in government delegations and duties.
They also tried to make it newsworthy by saying he travelled to UK to attend a virtual conference when it turns out, the British invited him to come there in person.
From a racial and geopolitical point of view, such issues are made topical to push the narrative that African leaders are corrupt, ALWAYS.
This narrative is to both Africans (justify, when it happens, their involvement in national politics) and Europeans (validate the stereotype that Africans can’t help themselves hence they need our intervention).
But then, its not made an issue that big, when it’s from the western point of view.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, worked in the White House as senior advisers.
At least five children of Joe Biden senior staffers work in the White House. Joe Biden Senior Counsel Steve Ricchetti has three children working for Biden’s Administration.
In the UK, at least 15 new MPs hired family members at the expense of the taxpayer on salaries.
Seven of the 15 are Conservatives, including David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome, employed his wife as a communications officer and PA, and Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, employed his wife as a senior caseworker and diary secretary.
Labour MPs, including Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, employed his partner as a senior parliamentary assistant, and Harry Harpham, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, took on his wife as a part-time researcher.
Matt Hancock, UK former Health Secretary, employed his alleged mistress, Ms Coladangelo, as an unpaid adviser before appointing her as a non-executive director of the department of health.
The list is endless and I can go on and on. But like I always say, it’s about who controls the narrative.
What I like about Western countries is that they are good at controlling the narrative. They can defend their own, yet still convince externals to punish their own over the same issue.
They really know how to divide and conquer.
At the end of the day, Africans, remain in this state of confusion, hopeless and with no heroes to celebrate except uphold the belief that the West are saints and really have it all figured out.
So in doing so, people get frustrated all the time yet remain clueless on how to solve their problems.
Sad but then again, it’s all politics
– CAJ News